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2017年8月15日

Kim Jong Un briefed on Guam missile plan

North Korea says its leader Kim Jong Un has been briefed of his military's plan to fire missiles near Guam. But he reportedly said he would watch the conduct of the United States a little longer before making a decision.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday that Kim inspected the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army on Monday.

State-run TV aired photos of Kim being briefed by the commanding general. It also showed a map highlighting what appears to be the missile flight path, with a line stretching from the Korean Peninsula over Japan to the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Maps of Japan, South Korea and the US are seen on a wall, while a satellite photo of what appears to be a US base in Guam is displayed on a monitor.

The report says Kim examined the launch plan, and told the Strategic Force to be ready for an order at any moment.

However, it also quoted the North Korean leader as saying that he "would watch a little more the foolish conduct" of the Americans before making a decision.

Kim reportedly said that in order to defuse tensions and prevent a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, the United States should choose the proper option first and show it through action.

Pyongyang is believed to be sending a warning to the United States, which plans to start joint military drills with South Korea on August 21st.


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2017年8月15日

Japan marks 72 years since end of WWII

The people of Japan will commemorate 72 years since the end of World War Two on Tuesday.

About 5,700 people, including bereaved relatives, are expected to attend a government-sponsored memorial service in Tokyo to remember the roughly 3.1 million Japanese who lost their lives in the war.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give a speech. At noon, participants will observe a minute of silence.

Following an address by the Emperor, participants will lay chrysanthemum flowers on an altar.

78 percent of bereaved relatives who plan to attend the event are 70 years of age or older.

A total of 6 widows who lost their husbands in the war will attend the ceremony, the fewest ever.

The oldest widow to attend is 101. Her husband died during a battle in Okinawa. She plans to attend the service along with her family.

The government has invited 123 youth under the age of 18 years old from around the country to attend the ceremony. The aim is to pass on experiences of the war to future generations.

Bereaved relatives and local governments will also hold commemorative events across the nation to pay tribute to the war dead and promote peace.


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2017年8月12日

Japan deploys missile interceptors

Japanese defense authorities have deployed missile interceptors in western parts of the country. The move follows North Korea's threat to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam.

North Korea says its ballistic missiles will fly over the 3 Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi before landing in waters off Guam. Pyongyang says it will complete drafting its launch plan by the middle of this month.

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force units in charge of the PAC3 interceptor system arrived on Saturday in the 3 prefectures and nearby Ehime Prefecture.

The Self-Defense Forces have stepped up round-the-clock monitoring of North Korean moves.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force has sent a ship to the Sea of Japan. The destroyer is equipped with the Aegis advanced radar system to track ballistic missiles.


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2017年8月10日

N.Korea warns US of plan for missiles to Guam

North Korea has warned the United States that it will complete its plan by mid-August to fire ballistic missiles toward waters off Guam.

The Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army on Wednesday issued a spokesperson's statement that it is considering implementing the plan.

On Thursday, the commander of the Force announced concrete details of the plan via the state-run media.

He said the Force is considering firing 4 Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles simultaneously. He said they will travel over Japan's prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi before falling into waters 30 to 40 kilometers off Guam.

He said the trajectories will travel a distance of 3,356.7 kilometers, taking 1,065 seconds.

The commander added the Force will wait for an order from leader Kim Jong Un after reporting the completed plan by the middle of this month.

US and South Korean forces plan to conduct annual joint drills in South Korea from August 21st.

A sense of alert is growing in the international community over possible test-launches of missiles by the North coinciding with the drills.


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2017年8月9日

Nagasaki remembers the victims

Nagasaki marks the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing. People across the city are offering prayers for the dead and sharing their wishes for peace.

Praying at the Peace Park near Ground Zero, a 70-year-old survivor said, "We should never forget the day of the atomic bombing. These efforts are essential to protect world peace."

An elementary school girl said, "I prayed for a world without nuclear weapons. I want to let people know how precious peace is."

An 88 year-old man said he places letters in his parents' grave every year. He said, "9 of my family members were killed by the bomb. I was the only one that survived. Nuclear weapons must never be used again."

At a corner near Ground Zero, about 100 teenagers formed a human chain. They are urging the Japanese government to join the international treaty banning nuclear arms.

One teenage girl participant said, "I am determined that young people like myself must work hard to prevent the tragedy fading from people's memories."

At the symbolic Urakami Cathedral, about 500 meters from Ground Zero, Christians held a Mass offering prayers.


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2017年8月8日

Wang: 'Disappointed' over S. China Sea issue

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Japan's handling of the South China Sea issue was behind his expression of "disappointment" with Japan's new foreign minister.

At a news conference in Manila on Monday, Wang told reporters that they should know what made China disappointed, if they read a joint statement released by the foreign ministers of Japan, the US and Australia.

The statement expresses grave concern over maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

Wang said the biggest achievement made during the series of meetings was the fact that the situation in the South China Sea has stabilized, thanks to efforts by China and ASEAN members.
He indicated that outside parties, such as Japan and the US, were complicating matters.

Wang, however, signaled a willingness to build favorable ties with Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono. He said he felt that Kono was a person he could get along with, when the 2 discussed their diplomatic ideals.


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2017年8月5日

US representative to attend Hiroshima ceremony

The US government is to send its representative to a ceremony in Hiroshima to remember the 1945 US atomic bombing of the city for the 8th consecutive year.

The charge d'affaires ad interim at the US Embassy in Japan is among the foreign guests who will attend the annual ceremony on Sunday. The list of guests was released by the municipal government.

Hiroshima officials say 80 countries and the European Union will send their ambassadors or officials to the ceremony at Peace Memorial Park. The number of countries is down 11 from last year, but is still the third largest ever.

The United States sent its representative to the ceremony for 7 consecutive years during the administration of Barack Obama.

Ambassadors from nuclear powers including Britain, France, and Russia will also attend. An envoy of China is expected to be absent.

Foreign guests are to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Saturday and hear the accounts of atomic bombing survivors, or hibakusha, at events hosted by the municipal government.


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2017年8月3日

US test-fires ICBM

The US military has test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in an apparent show of deterrence against North Korea.

The Air Force said on Wednesday that it successfully fired an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile at 2:10 AM that day from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

It said the missile sent a re-entry vehicle about 6,700 kilometers across the Pacific to a target area at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The Air Force said it was the 4th test of an ICBM this year and these are regularly conducted to show the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapons system. They say the latest test is not a countermeasure against North Korea's 2 test-launches of ballistic missiles last month.

But an Air Force official did say the test-launch shows US readiness to defend the nation and its allies, and deter an attack at any time, apparently with North Korea in mind.


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Abe reshuffles Cabinet

Japan's prime minister has officially released the lineup of his new Cabinet.
And Shinzo Abe is making an overhaul, replacing more than half of his ministers.

His cabinet has faced a series of scandals and falling poll numbers. Abe is now turning to some political veterans for help.

One familiar face Abe brought back is Itsunori Onodera. He will become the Defense Minister. Onodera held the position for almost 2 years in the cabinet Abe put together when he returned to power in 2012.

His appointment is seen as an effort to prop up the Defense Ministry. It has been hit by a major cover-up scandal that forced Tomomi Inada to step down as minister last week.

Abe has enlisted Taro Kono as Foreign Minister. He is a former National Public Safety Commission Chairperson.
Kono has replaced Fumio Kishida who has moved into a major policy role inside the Liberal Democratic Party.

Abe has named Seiko Noda as his new Internal Affairs and Communications Minister. Noda had planned to challenge Abe in the LDP's leadership race 2 years ago and appeared to be distancing herself from him.
The move is seen as an effort by Abe to include a broader range of party members.

Some key ministers are keeping their jobs including the finance and economy ministers and the Chief Cabinet Secretary.


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2017年7月31日

Nominating Osaka ancient tombs for World Heritage

Japan will nominate a group of ancient burial mounds in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, for inscription on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List.

A council for the Cultural Affairs Agency made the decision on Monday.

The Mozu-Furuichi tumulus clusters consist of 49 mounds built between the late 4th century and the late 5th century.

Experts say they represent how royal authority developed in the Japanese archipelago.

Among them, a keyhole-shaped mound believed to be for an Emperor, is one of the world's largest tombs, measuring 486 meters in length.

Around it are circular and square mounds of various sizes and forms, depending on the rank of the buried person.

The agency says the monuments have universal value.

The government plans to submit a provisional nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre by the end of September.

The World Heritage Committee is expected to discuss in 2019 whether to put the group of mounds on the list.


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Former school operator head arrested

The former head of a school operator at the center of a controversial state land deal has been arrested.
Yasunori Kagoike came into the spotlight months earlier over the deal as well as his links to the prime minister.
Prosecutors have detained Kagoike on a separate but related charge.

They suspect Kagoike and his wife Junko defrauded the government for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
They believe the couple inflated the estimated costs of building a school in order to receive more subsidies.

Kagoike had already been given a discount of more than 80% of the appraisal cost of this land in the western prefecture of Osaka.
The school was supposed to open there until the deal focused more and more scrutiny on him.
Investigators are still expected to look into it.

Opposition lawmakers suspect it was struck because of links to the Prime Minister.

His wife Akie was honorary principal of the planned school until the scrutiny grew and she distanced herself from it.

Shinzo Abe flatly denies playing any role in the land transaction.


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2017年7月29日

N. Korea announces ICBM successful launch

North Korea says the missile it launched on Friday night was an intercontinental ballistic missile.

State media said Saturday morning the country had successfully achieved a second test firing of a Hwasong-14 ICBM. Leader Kim Jong Un reportedly observed the launch.

The report says the missile reached an altitude of 3,724.9 kilometers and flew a distance of 998 kilometers. The flight took 47 minutes and 12 seconds.

The missile was fired from Mupyong-ri in Jagang Province in the north of the country around 11:41 PM Friday, toward the Sea of Japan. It came down in waters inside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The North claimed it had launched a Hwasong-14 missile on July 4th.


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2017年7月28日

Abe accepts Inada's resignation

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced his acceptance of Defense Minister Tomomi Inada's resignation. He offered an apology to the Japanese people.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Abe said Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will also serve as Defense Minister, replacing Inada. He said Japan cannot allow any gaps in handling its security situation.

Earlier, Abe met with Inada to discuss the results of the Defense Ministry's internal probe into the alleged mishandling of activity logs of Japan' peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

Abe said Inada handed him a letter of resignation and told him she would like to take responsibility as defense chief.

Abe said he accepted Inada's offer to step down in consideration of her strong will to do so.

Abe added that the responsibility for appointing ministers lies completely with him. He said he is aware of the need to take seriously the harsh criticisms leveled against his ministers by the public. He said he wants to offer a heartfelt apology.

Abe vowed to do his utmost to maintain vigilance and ensure the safety of the Japanese public in the face of deepening threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.


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2017年7月24日

Princess Diana remembered by her sons

Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry have shared memories of their mother, Princess Diana ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death next month.

The former Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36.

The princes will appear in a TV documentary about their mother produced by British broadcaster ITV, scheduled to air on Monday.

In one interview, Prince William disclosed that he and his brother last exchanged words with their mother in a phone call made several hours before the accident.
He said he and Harry wanted to quickly say goodbye and go back to playing with their cousins.

He said if he had known what was going to happen he would not have been so blase about it. He added that the phone call sticks in his mind, quite heavily.

Prince Harry also reflected on the incident, calling it incredibly hard. But he also remembered his mother as fun-loving, saying he can still hear her laughter in his head.

The princes recalled the love she showed them. Prince Harry said that even if she was on the other side of the room he could feel it.

The two princes have begun to speak about the death of their mother since this year. They are calling for support and assistance for people suffering from mental illness, based on their own experience of losing their mother.


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2017年7月22日

US to ban travel to N.Korea

The US government says it will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier last month.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday that a geographical travel restriction will be implemented for the North, due to concerns over the serious risk of long-term detention.

The ban comes after Warmbier, who had been detained in the North for more than a year, was brought home in a coma and died less than a week later. He had traveled to North Korea for sightseeing.

The State Department says the restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register.

But it also says individuals seeking to travel to the North for certain limited humanitarian and other purposes may apply to the department for a special passport.

The State Department had been considering the ban to prevent Pyongyang from detaining Americans to use as bargaining chips.

Currently there are three Americans being detained by North Korea, and the US government is demanding their release.


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2017年7月21日

Hakuho renews winning record

In professional sumo, Yokozuna grand champion Hakuho now stands alone on top of the all-time wins list with 1048.

Hakuho battled Ozeki champion Takayasu on day 13 of the Nagoya tournament.

The Yokozuna pushed down his opponent, becoming the most winning sumo wrestler in history.

Hakuho now has one more win than former Ozeki Champion Kaio. The Mongolian champion already holds many records including 38 tournament victories.


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2017年7月19日

Officials decided to keep logs quiet

NHK has new information on a scandal that has rocked Japan's defense establishment. Sources close to the Defense Ministry say that top officials decided not to disclose daily logs of the Ground Self-Defense Force's peacekeeping activities in South Sudan.

Ministry officials had maintained the logs had been destroyed, but they later announced that they found the records stored in personal computers at its command.

The sources say Administrative Vice Defense Minister Tetsuro Kuroe, Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff, General Toshiya Okabe, and other senior officials held a meeting on February 15th to discuss how to deal with the logs.

The sources say the officials decided they do not need to disclose the logs because the records are personal data stored by GSDF officers and it is unclear whether the logs are documents that should be made public.

The sources also say Kuroe and Okabe attended a separate meeting on the same day at the defense minister's office. Defense chief Tomomi Inada was among the attendees.

The sources say Inada asked what the officials have done to try to locate the logs after they received an information disclosure request.

Inada denied on Wednesday media reports that she decided not to disclose the daily logs.

Defense ministry officials have been conducting a special investigation into the matter since March. They plan to present a report before the end of July.


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2017年7月18日

Japan's legendary physician Hinohara dies at 105

Legendary Japanese physician Shigeaki Hinohara, an advocate of healthy aging, has died at the age of 105.

He died of respiratory failure at his home on Tuesday morning.

Born in 1911 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, Hinohara started his career as a physician in 1941.

As part of his efforts to prevent lifestyle-related diseases, he introduced comprehensive medical checkups in 1954 at the leading Tokyo hospital where he worked. It was the first private medical institution to provide this service.

He called for a society in which elderly people could play an active role. In 2001, he published the book "Living Long, Living Good," which has sold more than a million copies.

Still practicing as physician even after turning 100, Hinohara expanded his activities into many other arenas. He wrote the draft script of a musical for children based on an American picture book, "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf."

In 1970, Hinohara spent 4 days as hostage, when his plane was hijacked by extremists.


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2017年7月17日

Heat wave continues to hit wide areas of Japan

Intense hot weather continued to hit many parts of Japan on Monday.

Temperatures rose to 37.1 degrees Celsius in the city of Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture, and reached 36.8 degrees in Hatoyama Town in Saitama Prefecture.

The mercury rose to 36.2 degrees in Hita City, Oita Prefecture, which was hit by torrential rain recently. Central Tokyo saw its temperatures reach 35 degrees.

The Meteorological Agency forecasts that the heat wave will continue on Tuesday. It urges people to keep hydrated and use air conditioners to prevent heatstroke.

NHK has found that at least 613 people across Japan were treated for symptoms of heatstroke on Monday. Three of them are in critical condition.
     

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Floats parade in Gion Festival in Kyoto

Spectators, including many tourists, enjoyed a parade of colorfully decorated floats at the annual Gion Festival in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday.

A total of 23 floats were paraded through the city. It's a highlight of the month-long summer festival.

The procession began when a child wearing an ancient costume and riding on the lead float cut a sacred rope.

Spectators applauded when the floats had to make right-angle turns. Groups of residents pulling the floats laid bamboo under the wheels to slide and turn them around.

About 220,000 people gathered along the route to see the procession.

Ten more floats will take to the streets on August 24th.



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